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More misery for hundreds of thousands of commuters as a deal
to resolve one of the country's longest running rail
Southern Rail passengers face the prospect of more
strikes as train drivers go against their union refusing
My husband pays almost ?4,000 a year for his season ticket and he doesn't
know when he turns up at the railway station in the morning, whether he's
I feel it's the job of both the unions and the management
Surely that's what they're there for.
We'll be asking when the next strikes are likely to take place.
We report on the plight of hundreds of thousands of children in the UK
who are forced to care for sick and disabled relatives
Fears for the future of thousands of jobs at Vauxall's UK plants.
Crisis talks are held with the government and unions.
More than 150 thousand million million miles away,
scientists build a telescope to see the black hole thought to be
The new wren is welcomed by a Petty Officer and ushered
into the presence of the Chief Officer.
And the women's Royal Naval Service founded a century ago,
that marked a huge change in women's roles in the armed forces.
And coming up in the sport on BBC News, Arsene Wenger's future will be
decided at the end of the season, after his Arsenal side
were humiliated in the Champions League by Bayern Munich.
Good evening and welcome to the BBC News at Six.
Hopes for an end to the rail misery that's affected hundreds
of thousands of commuters in southern England
Train drivers ignored their own union and voted against a proposed
deal to end the long-running dispute with Southern Rail.
It's one of the country's busiest commuter networks.
Unions have been at loggerheads with the company for more
than a year over staffing and safety issues.
For nearly a year, around 300,000 commuters have
endured overcrowded trains, delays and strikes.
It's been one of the most intractable rail
After two weeks of talks hosted by the TUC it was thought
We are pleased to announce that Aslef and GTR Southern have
For Southern travellers at Brighton that means huge disappointment.
And I pay a lot of money for the train monthly as well,
That's terrible. What can you do?
It's a lot of money on Uber, isn't it?
Disappointed, to be fair, because I pay a lot of money
to travel to Brighton every day and I think the service
Around 900 Aslef drivers who work for Southern voted in the ballot.
There was a turnout of over 72%, nearly 46% voted in favour
of the deal, but over 54% voted against.
This is an embarrassment for Aslef, the deal negotiated
by their leadership has been overturned by their rank
Mick Whelan, the general secretary of Aslef says,
"We understand and support the decision arrived at them
The dispute is over how many members of staff should be on every train.
Could there be driver only trains or must there
always be a second person, a conductor, on-board?
Aslef said they had got a deal where there would always be two
staff members on a train, with some exceptions.
The reality was there was a whole host of exceptions that meant up
to 1800 trains a day would be able to run without the
Southern's parent company Govia said in a statement:
"Naturally we are saddened and hugely disappointed, as will be our
passengers with today's decision by drivers,
particularly as the agreement carried the full support
and recommendation of the Aslef leadership."
The RMT has already scheduled another 24-hour
strike on the Southern network for next Wednesday,
and the same dispute about driver operated only trains is spreading
Ballots are being sent out today to staff on Arriva Trains North,
there's also the prospect of industrial action on Merseyrail.
The big question for these passengers travelling home tonight
is, what happens next? In the short term, the Aslef leadership would
have to get back around the negotiating table to get a better
deal if they can to their members. In the long term, there is the
possibility, only the possibility at the moment, of more strike action,
although no dates have been announced. Remember, this is the
train drivers we are talking about here. When they go on strike, the
network is virtually shut down. More than half a million children
and teenagers in the UK are carers who look after their ill
or disabled relatives. Some spend more than 12 hours
a week looking after them. But budget cuts at local councils
are making it increasingly difficult for these young people to get
the support that they need - that's according to the Local
Government Association They say it's crucial for councils
to have better relationships with schools and hospitals
to try to make sure more youngsters Our Midlands Correspondent
Sima Kotecha reports. In Dudley, 17-year-old Alex
looks after his mum, I suppose you could say it's
a big responsibility, but it doesn't really feel like it,
because, obviously It's just the normal thing to go,
have you had your tablet today? How many tablets does
your mum take everyday? It's just trying to
sort out which ones. He's her primary carer
and is one of 700,000 young It is frustrating at times
because you do just want to throw the towel in sometimes and just
go, I've had enough. But then you see at the end
of the day, you just see how happy you make the person or the people
that you care for, and it really Some of these young people do get
support from the local authorities, but the organisation
which represents local councils in England and Wales says,
tight budgets means they are having to make tough choices about who gets
help and who doesn't. There might be some people
watching this thinking, is it fair to have a Child helping
you and being there for you, when actually the adult should be
there for the child. I agree with that,
to be quite honest. I wish that I hadn't got to rely
on Alex, sort of thing. So I've got to rely on him,
sort of thing, to help me. It's not as though I'm somebody
that he doesn't know. Not too far away in Wolverhampton,
ten-year-old Ethan takes care With his mum, he's one
of his primary carers. Sometimes he does things
that makes us angry. But then he does lots of things that
make us happy as well. Noah has complex learning
difficulties which means He needs to be
supervised at all times. The government says later this year
it will publish a strategy that will outline what more it will do
to help vulnerable young carers. There's an argument that
being young and responsible for someone's well-being is a duty
that's just too much. But in many of these cases,
there is little choice. Sometimes he doesn't
listen to anyone else. But if I tell him to do it,
he will listen to me. And when I tell people about it,
it just makes me feel proud. Sima Kotecha, BBC News
in the West Midlands. The president of General Motors -
which owns Vauxhall in the UK - has flown to London to hold crisis
talks with the government and unions, amid fears
that thousands of jobs A rival French company is in talks
with General Motors about taking over its European business,
but there's concern about what that would mean for Vauxhall's plants
in Luton and Ellesmore Port. Our Business Editor Simon Jack
is in Westminster. Those plants employ
more than 4000 people. I think quite worried, because I can
tell you the government is taking this threat of deadly seriously.
After meeting the president of General Motors here today at the
Department of business behind me, this Secretary Greg Clark got an EU
row start train to Paris and is meeting with his opposite number in
Paris, as we speak, the industrial minister. He will then meet the
board of PSA, deep company that owns citron and Peugeot. This may come
down to a 3-way fight between the French, German and British
governments. In that fight, the French government owns 14% of
Peugeot. The Peugeot family on another 14%, so there will be a
distinguished French feel to this company. You have to feel that
sacked in German auto engineers is considered three times more
expensive. With 24 combined plants across continental Europe, with two
in the UK, it's clear Greg Clark the Business Secretary will have to turn
on the charm he did with Nissan to persuade them to stay in the UK. But
that three could fight he has, it's a bit of a mountain to climb.
A suicide bomber has attacked a crowded Sufi shrine
in southern Pakistan, killing at least 50 people
So-called Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack.
It is the largest in a string of bombings by militants
The Islamic State group has also claimed responsibility for a huge
car bomb in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.
45 people died and at least 50 were injured in the blast
which targeted a used car market in the southern district of Bayaa.
It's the third car bomb attack in as many days,
The new US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, has held his first
face to face meeting with his Russian counterpart.
It comes in the wake of turmoil in the White House over alleged
links between the Trump administration and the
Rex Tillerson also held talks with the foreign secretary,
Boris Johnson, as part of a G20 summit in Germany.
From Bonn our diplomatic correspondent, James
Rex Tillerson's first day overseas as Donald Trump's top diplomat,
and it's been the toughest of starts with Washington in turmoil over
links to Russia and much of the outside world worrying
where America's foreign policy could be heading.
Top priority for the new Secretary of State - reassurance.
Russia, he said, won't dictate to Washington.
Where we do not see eye to eye, the United States will stand up
for the interest and values of America and her allies.
And this was the crucial first meeting, America's novice diplomat,
although experienced in commercial dealings with President Putin,
face-to-face with Russia's veteran Foreign Minister,
Sergei Lavrov, eager to deny any Moscow wrong-doing.
You should know that we do not interfere in domestic
But if that was meant to close the issue of alleged
Russian interference in the United States, it didn't.
At Nato headquarters, America's Defence Secretary seemed
REPORTER: Do you believe that the Russians interfered
Right now, I would just say there's very little doubt that they've
either interfered or they've attempted to interfere in a number
So, could Boris Johnson somehow help America out?
The Foreign Secretary came closest to making his new friend,
Rex Tillerson, laugh at their first meeting.
Afterwards, the Foreign Secretary told me they'd had a terrific
conversation, he had no worries at all about the United
We don't want to get into a new Cold War,
that's something that London and Washington are
I think that goes for all our European allies as well.
But nor do we want to allow Russian behaviour to continue
as it is and Rex Tillerson's been very clear about that.
There are plenty of countries represented at this meeting
They remain deeply anxious about the Trump administration,
its policy towards Russia and the Middle East,
over climate change, and the host of this global
gathering, Germany, well, its leader, Chancellor Merkel,
is blunt - no one country, she says, can solve the world's
A 15 year old girl has pleaded not guilty to the murder of a 7 year
Katie Rough was found with severe injuries
on a playing field, and died later in hospital.
The teenager accused of killing her appeared
at Leeds Crown Court this
morning via videolink - charged with murder,
This month we've been focussing on the pressures
on the health service - particularly the crisis
in social care brought about by the Uk's ageing population.
Many say the key to solving it is greater cooperation
between health and social care services - an approach that has been
in place in Northern Ireland for many years with care provided
for some patients at home rather than in hospital.
Here's our Ireland correspondent Chris Buckler.
Hour after hour, people arrive at hospitals looking for treatment.
And to ease that constant pressure, staff need to find ways
of keeping some patients away from this building.
In his living room, Thomas Wright is seeing a doctor.
In his kitchen a nurse is preparing his antibiotics.
Yet in the past, and even now, many 97-year-olds would be
on their way to hospital for this kind of care.
We actually got the call from the paramedic when he was in
the back of the ambulance on his way to hospital.
They rang us first and we said, look, why don't we see him at home?
So we came straight out and saw him here with his son.
He was delighted not to have to make that journey.
In Northern Ireland, like elsewhere around the UK,
operations are regularly having to be cancelled because beds
Now we have all year round pressures.
And we have such a stretch on beds that we are often unable
Waiting lists in Northern Ireland are already among the longest
in the UK, and in recent months politicians have warned the health
At the end of last year they published this,
a 10-year plan to try to change the way services are delivered.
And with this report came a stark warning -
currently, of the total amount of money that Stormont
has for public spending in Northern Ireland,
health and social care takes up around half.
Ministers say unless there is significant change,
that figure will rise to 90% of the total budget within a decade.
It's already showing signs of struggle, financially
showing signs of struggle, showing signs of struggle
in terms of waiting times, and those will both exacerbate
Unlike other parts of the UK, for decades here there's been one
budget for both health and social care.
It can make it easier to offer joined up services.
Mervyn has been waiting years for a kidney transplant
but with support he's able to look after his own dialysis
It's different to the treatment he would get 20 miles away
at hospital in Newry, but there are advantages
It's probably at least a third, maybe in some
cases half as expensive to deliver home dialysis.
And money is a concern for the busy health service in Northern Ireland.
Where the collapse of the power-sharing government has
created uncertainty, not just for politics
More misery for Southern Rail passengers as drivers go
against their union and refuse to accept a deal to end the dispute
Still to come, we'll be live here in Portsmouth Naval dockyard to mark
100 years of the Wrens. Swapping the Premier League
for the Middle East. After taking charge of three
major finals in 2016, referee Mark Clattenburg quits
English football to take up It's more than 150,000 million
million miles away from earth - now an international team
of scientist is determined to try to photograph
the supermassive black hole that they believe is at
the centre of our galaxy. So they've built what's effectively
the world's biggest telescope. Our Science Correspondent,
Pallab Ghosh has had exclusive access to this ambitious project
underway in America. A swirl of stars and planets
including our own Earth. At its centre it has
a heart of darkness, It's an object with immense gravity
that pulls in everything around it. It's so strong that it
even sucks in light. In a few weeks' time,
researchers here will try So, there's a tonne of excitement
around getting this picture. We are all really looking forward
to getting the data in April And not only because it's
going to be super cool to take the first picture of a black hole,
and see it looks like, the immediate environment
around a black hole, So how are scientists down
here on earth going to see the black No single telescope is powerful
enough, so 12 of them, all around the world,
will be linked together, and the images they collect will be
fed into a computer in Boston. Now, our galaxy is a vast
spiral with the earth here on one of the arms,
and the black hole is right at the centre,
153,000 million million miles away. It's four and a half million times
the mass of our sun. No one has ever seen it
but scientists think it looks And very soon they'll find
out if they're right. It's a mind-boggling amount of data
stored on dozens of hard drives flown in from telescopes
all across the world. It will take the team here months
to go through all the information. The project is the brainchild
of Professor Shep Doeleman, who has waited 20 years
for this moment. Black holes have been
mysteries forever. It's been almost a holy grail
for astronomers to be able to image and probe the area right around
the point of no return, What we're going to learn is how
black holes feed and swallow some The scientists here may
have their first image by Christmas. And it'll help them discover how
galaxies are created and what the centre of our own
Milky Way is really like. While we've been on on air,
Donald Trump has been giving his first solo
press conference since He's used it to launch another
attack on the media, The press has become so dishonest
that if we don't talk about it, we are doing a tremendous disservice to
the American people. Tremendous disservice. We have to talk about it
to find out what is going on because the press, honestly, the level of
dishonesty is out of control. Our Washington correspondent was
listening, more sharp words for the media, what else did he have to say?
Extraordinary moment. We got about one hour notice this was going to
happen, it came pretty much out of the blue. He's not given to doing
press conferences, he's controlled them very, closely. We had a sort of
meandering account of his first almost four weeks in government,
almost a mixture of what he did in the campaign and some of the things
he's done since. He said he'd done more than any other president had
done in the amount of time. He rejected claims that the White House
was in chaos. He said it was a fine tuned machine that was running in
the White House at the moment. He introduced the new Labour secretary
nominee, one of those pulled out last night, and that is in a week
where he lost his National Security Agency. He also told us that the
controversial executive order that banned people from those seven
predominantly Muslim countries from coming into America for 90 days has
been caught up in the courts, has been put on hold by the courts. He's
promised to redraft that and issue a new one of those next week, as he
puts it, to protect the American people. He promised that would
happen this week. It's going to happen next week now. He's just
about to start to take questions from reporters. We'll see whether he
takes any from unfriendly organisations or those who are less
friendly towards him. The first question he answered, he said that
Michael Flynn had effectively lost his job because of the actions of
the media. Gary O'Donoghue with the latest from the White House, thank
you. In Wales more patients are having
to wait over 12 hours at accident and emergency units -
than a year ago. In January 4,000 patients
were left waiting compared The proportion of patients waiting
less than four hours held steady, according
to the latest monthly figures. Plans by former footballers Ryan
Giggs and Gary Neville to redevelop areas of Manchester would erase the
history of the area. Historic England said the area which includes
two skyscrapers and a five story hotel threatens the area history.
The former Manchester United players claim the development would
transform the area. They're famously known as the Wrens
- the women's royal naval service - which was founded 100 years ago
during World War One. It was the start of a huge change
in the role women played Wrens initially served as cooks,
stewards and dispatch riders but they went on to play other
key roles in the Navy, during the Second
World War, and beyond. Our Correspondent Duncan Kennedy
is in Portsmouth, where events You know the story of the Wrens has
never really been told in a full major exhibition like this,
especially their lives and achievements. Royal Navy was of
course the first of the three services to officially recognise
women like this. And now 100 years after the formation of the Wrens,
their story has been told in full. At 90 years old, Win Price still has
an affection for the sea. And the Wrens who hold sway
over her maritime memories that first began when she joined
as a 17-year-old in 1944. They had cooks and
stewards they wanted. Well, I couldn't cook,
so I opted for a steward. Proud then, and honoured now to be
celebrating 100 years of the Wrens. No, the ones before
me were pioneers! The Women's Royal Naval Service
was formed in 1917. By the Second World War they had
become the home front force that Now a century of achievements
are charted in this new exhibition. The strength of this exhibition lies
in its detail and the telling This is the leave permit
for a Jane Rossiter, it's dated December 1918,
was obviously going But then we know that Jane
subsequently left the Navy and then re-enlisted at the outbreak
of the Second World War. Here we have her
identity book for that. In 100 years women sailors have gone
from medics to Marines, They had to prove themselves,
which they did really well. After that it was for the other
women to embrace that change, and they took it forward,
and it's continued to go forward. Now called sailors, not
wrens, women's have seen And for those like Win Price,
the exhibition is a proud salute Duncan Kennedy, BBC News,
Portsmouth Harbour. Not a huge amount of sunshine today
but some amongst the showers in Scotland, a rainbow looking out
towards Perth and sunny spells in Essex. In Northern Ireland it turned
wetter and we've seen outbreaks of rain through Wales, north-west
England, edging through the Midlands towards East Anglia. As the night
goes on, some of that showing up in south-east England. You can pick up
the dam zone here overnight. North of that becoming dry, clearing skies
in Scotland, chilly overnight, top shelf frost for some, and fog
patches developing in southern Scotland could be slow to clear. We
still have this damp zone tomorrow morning but by the afternoon any
rain left will be patchy in nature into western Scotland, and the rest
of us will have a mainly dry Friday afternoon. The best of the sunshine
in Scotland will be in the east and I stayed to north-east England.
Increasing clouds in Northern Ireland. Lighter winds across the
northern half, so although temperatures a degree or so down it
will not feel different to today. Outbreaks of rain reaching West
Wales and the far south-west of England. Brightening up, south-east
England staying rather cloudy. A week weather front coming as we
start off on Saturday, when speaking up across the northern half of the
UK again. Quite wet in western Scotland at Saturday begins but it
will ease as the rain edges further south. To the south of that the bulk
of England and Wales staying dry. On Sunday breezy across-the-board and
wet again in north-west Scotland. Some sunny spells elsewhere. Mild,
potentially the start of next week very mild.